CHCI Medical Humanities Network
Aging Research Projects
- Community Commons
- Age and the Body (University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser)
- Aging and its Tropes (Columbia University)
- Border Crossing, Piloting, Aging (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
- Culture and the Reproduction of Myths About Aging (King's College London)
- Falls Narrative Study (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
- Medical Humanities: Diverse Inquiries (Dartmouth College)
- Summer Institutes
University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser
Goal: Exploring attitudes toward aging and researching a range of medical responses to the facts of aging and death, by collecting narratives from the elderly that record and reflect on 20th century sexual practices, organ and transplant histories, chronic illness, neuro states, and pathographies, all the while including ordinary South Africans and analyses of two notable South Africans—Christiaan Barnard and Nelson Mandela.
Goal: The Columbia University project on aging “Aging and its Tropes” focuses on the study of “aging” as a concern brought together at the interface of elderly experience, care, and questions of social justice, as it brings together the medical and the carceral. Our research and discursive sites comprise both “complete and total institutions” and non-institutional settings: the hospital, the prison, the arts, the street.
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Goal: Questioning the received notion of Chinese culture as particularly reverent toward the elderly through a rigorous examination of the historical record, while studying how attitudes and behavior toward the elderly have changed over the past fifty years.
King's College London
Goal: Surveying the extent to which recent memoirs concerned with old age contest Western stereotypes and how far they reinforce them. How can social innovation help redress institutionally ingrained patterns? And how might Western society use memoir more effectively to engage with the realities of old age?
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Goal: Examine how older adults narrate falls by collecting and analyzing narratives about falls written by older adults.
Goal: To support inquiry into the medical humanities across disciplines and fields, emphasizing collaborations between the liberal arts, medical education, and clinical care. Issues of subjectivity, perspective-taking, and narrative unite these diverse scholarly inquiries.
Goal: July 12-14, 2015, Dartmouth University. Gathered scholars and practitioners in medical humanities to discuss research being done under this rubric in a number of disciplines.
King's College London
Goal: June 26, 2016 - June 27, 2016, Kings College London. Goal is to promote robust conversation about medical humanities research and the development of degree programs.
University of Miami
Goal: May 19-20, 2017, at the University of Miami in Florida. Program goals are to promote discussion about global health and medical humanities for practitioners.